17-YEAR-OLD CONVICTED OF FORCIBLY SODOMIZING AND ROBBING FOUR YOUNG BOYS AS THEY WALKED TO SCHOOL

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 04NF4197

August 13, 2007

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Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

17-YEAR-OLD CONVICTED
OF FORCIBLY SODOMIZING AND ROBBING
FOUR YOUNG BOYS AS THEY WALKED TO SCHOOL

SANTA ANA – A jury convicted 17-year-old Jose Ignacio Avina today for committing a series of forcible sodomies and robberies against three young boys as they walked to and from school in Anaheim when he was 14-years-old. Avina, of Anaheim, was tried as an adult and found guilty of 11 felonies including two counts of sodomy by force, one count of forcible oral copulation, one count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, two counts of kidnapping to commit robbery, two counts of 2nd degree robbery, two counts of dissuading a witness by force or threat, and one count of attempted 2nd degree robbery, The jury also found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.  Avina faces a maximum sentence of life in prison at his sentencing on November 30, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

 

On October 4, 2004, then 14-year-old Avina approached 12-year-old John Doe #1, who was walking home from school. He forced the victim to go to the defendant’s house, held a knife up and threatened the victim. Avina sodomized John Doe #1 at his home.

 

On October 27, 2004, the defendant approached a second victim, 13-year-old John Doe #2, who was walking to school.   Avina pulled out a knife and ordered the victim to move into a back alley. He threatened and robbed the victim before the victim was able to run and escape.

 

On November 15, 2004, Avina attacked John Doe #3, 12, while the victim was walking to school. Avina forced the victim at knife point into a secluded storage unit. He robbed John Doe #3 and forcefully sodomized him.   That same day, Avina attempted to rob another 12-year-old boy at knife point, but the victim was able to escape and run away.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Kal Kaliban of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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